LBI is Alive

Everything you need to know about the rebuilding of LBI.

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Who is LBI is Alive?

Now that LBIisAlive.com is really rolling, you would probably like to know who is behind this whole site and its campaign? We wanted to help our beloved island get back on its feet and ready for the summer. We are year round residents and have been on the island for over 2 decades.483243_10151297577624202_772132617_n

This site, the twitter account and email is all run by me, Sam Sepanak. I have lived on LBI for 21 and a half years, aka my whole life. I graduated whoarewemeSouthern Regional in 2009 and I am now a graduate of PSU’s Smeal College of Business Class of December 2012 with a Marketing degree as well as a concentration in tourism and services marketing. I have worked with a student run start up business doing fundraising, social media marketing as well as creating blog content. While I was pondering my plans for post graduation, Sandy visited LBI, uninvited. Obviously, I was shocked/surprised/unbelieving/etc as the rest of you that this even happened. The other half of this group convinced me that something needed to be done and we would make a great team.

That other half was Pat Sepanak. …and my mom.

We are currently working in conjunction with the LBI Office of Emergency Management, Long Beach Township and the Long Term Planning Committee. Typestries, Jetty and Waves for Water have also helped us. And of course, we have been working with Jimmy Ward to create the LBI is Alive video.

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We all love the Island and wanted to help it get back to the way it was and show the world ‘you can knock us down, but we come right on back’.

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Be Like Jimmy!

After countless requests we have finally designed LBI is Alive apparel. Jimmy’s shirt may have been homemade, but we now have Jetty-made T’s, long sleeves and hoodies so you can look just like Jimmy.jimmy run

For a $15 donation you can get a T-shirt;

For a $20 donation you can get a long sleeve;

For a $35 donation you can get a hoodie.

These will be available at the Beach Haven Fire House Turkey Dinner on February 16th from noon to 8pm. We have a limited supply, so if we run out of your size (or you have a special order), we will have an order form there, so we know what to purchase with the second round of donations. You can pay with CASH at the Firehouse or if you order them, we will email you when we have them and you can pick them up at Sand Dollar Real Estate at 217 North Long Beach Blvd; again cash only. If you cannot make it to the Firehouse, click here to place an order.

WE CAN NOW DO SHIPPING! YAY!

If you live far away from LBI, but really want some apparel we can now do delivery, we will ship 2-3 weeks after receipt of check. Please send your check to: 6 West North Carolina Ave Haven Beach NJ 08008 and made payable to “LBI is Alive”.

S&H costs are as follows (and subject to change):

1 T shirt OR long sleeve=$10

2-3 shirts OR a hoodie= $15

3+ shirts OR 2+ hoodies=$20 and up

Your order will be confirmed with a break down of  apparel and S&H.

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These donations will go to cover the cost of the apparel as well as future advertising and promotional efforts to let people know LBI is Alive and get more visitors to make their summer vacation plans down here. We have grand advertising plans…but we need your help.

We are also hoping to plan an event in March with more apparel available, some raffles and of course food and drink, all for a donation. Stay tuned!

LBI is Alive: Video Premiere

LBI IS ALIVE AND DOING JUST FINE: The Press has greatly exaggerated our demise.  Here is the real story of LONG BEACH ISLAND. This video was filmed in late January by Jimmy Ward, whose last video – ‘Hope for LBI’ showed you that LBI is a very special place. This new video shows that we will continue to be a very special place as we get ready for the Summer of 2013. Hope led to action, and action led to this video. Enjoy and be sure share! We need you to get the word out.

 

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Let’s Make Sure the World Knows

LBI is Alive & Ready for Summer ’13

We need to get the word out that Long Beach Island was not devastated by Mega Storm Sandy. Our Island has unfortunately been lumped in with the areas North of us that received a lot more damage. See just two recent articles from the Atlantic City Press:

December 23, 2012 – Article Title: South Jersey tourism officials fending off competition for summer vacationers. “Ocean County and Monmouth County are not ready, and they’re a big concern.” (After receiving numerous complaints this article was changed  to eliminate the negative reference to LBI, see comments.)

January 1, 2013 – “Perhaps some of the biggest triumphs – or obstacles – of 2013 may be seen along the South Jersey shore as people and businesses work to return to normalcy. That’s a note worthy challenge, particularly for the region’s hardest hit shore towns on Long Beach Island, which hope to be ready for summer.” 

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We need to clear up this misperception and let people know we will be ready for the Summer of 2013.

So, let’s put out a ‘Sea of Signs’ all up and down LBI to show we are open for business and looking forward to seeing our summer guests. Above is a picture of the sign which is 18” x 24” and on stakes. THEY ARE FREE TO LBI BUSINESSES. We also have banners available for a nominal cost, if interested contact us for sizes and price (located at the bottom of page).

Free Delivery! We can do that as well. If you are not in the area, we will put a sign up for you.

The next step is creating a video of LBI that shows we will be more than ready for our summer guests by Memorial Day. This video is being produced by Jimmy Ward of Southern Regional High School. Jimmy produced a video right after Sandy came ashore that was called, ‘Hope on LBI’. It was widely seen on YouTube and received wide exposure via other internet media. This will be the second video that will show hope, community unity and hard work has paid off. We will visit those places that the media showed chest high in water and show how they look now. This video will be sent up to various internet media and we will be asking businesses to post it on their web sites, Facebook, etc.

We need to gain as much exposure as possible showing we are open for business. We also want to counter all those pictures that remain in the public’s mind that were published in the days just after Sandy left our shores. So much has been accomplished on LBI since then and we need to let everyone know that.

Email, call, or stop in. Let me know your company’s name, contact name and phone number (cell preferred if business is closed) choice of sign or banner and arrangements will be made to get it to you.

A big thank you goes to Rick McDonough, the owner of Typestries, and the group from Jetty+W4W. Rick for the design and printing of the signs at his cost. Rick is part of the Jetty+W4W group who have done so much in helping others get their lives back together since Sandy hit our shores. Thanks to the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce for financially supporting the initial printing of our signs. To Long Beach Township for their donation and support so we could continue to offer these signs free to all businesses on LBI. These combined efforts truly show that LBI is a close knit and united community which makes our Island that very special place we call home, even if only for a week.

Any questions, feel free to contact me:

Pat Sepanak,                                                      Broker/Owner Sand Dollar Real Estate                    N 3rd and LBB, Surf City                  patonlbi@att.net or my cell 609-290-5360

See You This Summer

We need to get the word out that Long Beach Island was not devastated by Mega Storm Sandy. We have unfortunately been lumped in with the areas North of us that received a lot more damage. See these two recent articles from the Atlantic City Press:

Dec.23, 2012 – Article Title: South Jersey tourism officials fending off competition for summer vacationers. “Ocean County and Monmouth County are not ready, and they’re a big concern.”

January 1, 2013 – “Perhaps some of the biggest triumphs – or obstacles – of 2013 may be seen along the South Jersey shore as people and businesses work to return to normalcy. That’s a note worthy challenge, particularly for the region’s hardest hit shore towns on Long Beach Island, which hope to be ready for summer.” 

To clear up this misconception we are creating a “Sea of Signs” up and down LBI.

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In the first 24 hours, over 100 signs were distributed, if you have not gotten yours yet, don’t delay! THEY ARE FREE TO LBI BUSINESSES. There are also banners available for a nominal cost, if interested contact patonlbi@att.net for sizes, prices and pick up. We can do FREE DELIVERY as well.

We need to gain as much exposure as possible showing we are open for business; we want to counter all those pictures that were published in the days just after Sandy left our shores. So much has been accomplished on LBI since then and we need to let everyone know that.

Any other questions feel free to email patonlbi@att.net or call  609-290-5360.

Hello Islanders

Who is an Islander? You are! All you need is a connection and a love for LBI and we want to hear from you. If you own a business, we want to know if  you are open now or when you will be, if you have any specials, or just want to tell us about your place. Homeowners, let us know how the clean up went at your property. Vacationers, tell us about your favorite activities on the island and what you can’t wait to do again this summer. Whether you own, rent, have a business or just have a love of LBI, we want to hear from you.

We are all in this together. We are all Islanders.

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